Costilla Creek Compact


Notice of Annual Meeting Costilla Creek Compact Commission May 10, 2017

Costilla, New Mexico The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Costilla Creek Compact Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The meeting will begin at 10:30 A.M. at the Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association (RCCLA) Office located at #72 State Road 196 in Costilla, New Mexico.

For additional information, please contact Jonathan Martinez, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, in Santa Fe at (505) 827-6160.

Representatives of Colorado and New Mexico signed the Costilla Creek Compact in 1944, and Congress approved it in 1946. The compact was amended through a similar process in 1963. The compact provides for the delivery of apportioned water to users in New Mexico and to Colorado at interstate points of delivery on the New Mexico-Colorado state line. It provides for an administrative commission composed of the official in each state charged with administering public water supplies.

The Costilla Creek irrigation system begins south of the Colorado state border in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of north-central New Mexico and extends some 40 miles downstream via Costilla Creek and irrigations ditches onto the high desert plains of New Mexico and Colorado. The compact requires daily administration of the direct flow and storage waters of the system during irrigation season. A water master performs this function.

Costilla Creek Compact (PDF)

Costilla Creek